Ok, the topstitching was a pain in the patootie since I'm using a contrast thread so it needs to be darn near perfect. I don't know how many times I pulled the topstitching off of those shoulder seams, only to have them still not be balanced perfectly. I finally achieved 'good enough' and moved on to the collar.
It wasn't until I came to the computer and pulled up pictures of the pattern and other reviews to check the collar that I realized that only the sleeve side of those seams was supposed to be topstitched. So I took out the topstitching on the body side; that alleviated much of the 'not quite symmetric' problem I was having. But the collar is covering that up, so it doesn't show at all in the 'WIP' photograph.
pattern on Vogues's site. Do you notice the difference? The collar is supposed to come all the way to the front edge of the jacket! Mine is a good 3 3/4 inches short. On both sides. That's 7 1/2 inches total (can I scream? Just a little??) Now, if you look at the reviews for this pattern, you'll see that everyone else's collar comes to the front edge as well. This is obviously an error on my part.
But, not being able to find the pattern, I can't even begin to figure out what the problem is.
My guess is that I made bustline alterations (low, full) and somehow altered the neckline without realizing it. I don't remember making alterations, but I can't figure out ANY way I could've generated such a whopping big error without having done that. I don't believe it was caused by stretching of the neckline; only the sleeves weren't stabilized by something right at the start, and the error is consistent between the jacket and the facing/lining, which I wouldn't expect if they had stretched out of shape. It must be an error in the (presumably altered) pattern that I used to cut the jacket.
Of course, no one I meet when wearing the jacket is going to look at it and exclaim, 'Oh, my goodness! Why isn't that collar where it's supposed to be?' (unless, of course, said person happens to have read the blog...). It just looks like that's the way the collar was supposed to be; it'll be our little secret that it's wrong.
Sigh. I *really* liked the collar as drawn on the envelope and sewn by everyone else in the world but me.
I really, really hope that pattern turns up. I want to know what happened here.